Last week Robert Hilburn argued that the "Sgt. Pepper" LP--despite remaining a "landmark work"--is not the Beatles' best album because it is weighted down by seven songs that "represent the longest stretch of mediocre material" the group ever recorded. Calendar letter writers were not pleased--by a 9-1 ratio.
I took Hilburn's advice and dusted off my "Sgt. Pepper" tape.
I listened to it on the way to work, on the way home, and I'm listening to it now.
I have a better test. Read one of Hilburn's articles in the morning--and see if you want to read it again that night, or ever, or even remember it.